California

Make California votes matter

Once again, a tiny segment of the U.S. electorate has chosen the non-incumbent presidential candidate for us. When I saw today that John Huntsman dropped out of the race, and we ...

Our View: College expenses worth the scrutiny

Editor's note: The editorial below has been changed to reflect that the $2.5 million in total salary figures for 19 Sierra College staff members includes administrative positions s ...

Our View: Access and education are needed

It’s a tale of two struggles. The Americans with Disabilities Act has been in existence since 1990. Its ultimate goal of creating access for all, especially those with disabilit ...

Californians vote wrongly

Re: “California, sadly, not business-friendly,” by Grant Shaw (Reader Input, Jan. 5). Mr. Shaw’s pertinent letter begs the question: Why do we Californians choose lawmakers w ...

No, thank you, to any tax increases

“Brown warns of school cuts if taxes rejected,” (Journal, Jan. 6). I thought that “recent polls show that a majority of Californians support tax increases” — at least th ...

California, sadly, not business-friendly

In 1980 I quit my job at Hewlett-Packard as a software engineer and started a small business in San Jose, which our two oldest sons took over in 2005. I became semi-retired and mov ...

Child safety seat law changes Jan. 1

When a new child safety seat law goes into effect Sunday, Jan. 1, children under 8 years old must remain in a booster seat in the back seat of a car. Children age 8 or older who a ...

Liberals can’t help bottom line

There is a lesson for all of us related to Rick Perry’s gaffe at the Republican debate on Nov. 9. If a leader has conservative core values, then he/she doesn’t have to have the ...

Cut crime and save money

Do you want to save state taxpayers billions of dollars, eliminate an inefficient and wasteful program, help crime victims and help law enforcement to catch more killers and rapist ...

Questions re: high speed train

In a recent article I just finished reading; the article stated that California’s high speed train would cost $50 billion. California voters were told the cost would be $9 billio ...

Crime dropping, why not staff?

Among the many headlines this week was that for the fourth year in a row crime in California is now down almost 20 percent since 2007. That’s a big drop! So why do municipalities ...

Poll: Jobs, economy top issues for Californians

SAN JOSE (AP) — An overwhelming majority of Californians believe the state is mired in recession, while half of state residents worry that a family member will lose his or her jo ...

We the people ‘panhandled’

I am trying to wrap my mind around my latest experience. I am in the dollar store buying cleaning fluids and toilet tissue, and the clerk asked if the customers would donate $1 for ...

State may slash school bus funds

It was uplifting to read recent articles in the Auburn Journal about community members providing much-needed financial support for sports teams at Placer High School. May I suggest ...

Riding customized Harley reminds mom of Marine son

Some days when Renee Meade gets on her motorcycle for a ride it’s a roller coaster of emotions. The fun of the wind in her face, the joy of riding and going fast is most often ov ...